Glasgow to Edinburgh The John Muir Way Picture 1
Glasgow to Edinburgh The John Muir Way Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  162m

Dist:  105km

Min age:  18

Duration:  5

Glasgow to Edinburgh The John Muir Way

Trek Adventure

A 3 day challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh following the John Muir Way. Journey the width of the country from the River Clyde in the West to the Firth of Forth in the East following the footsteps of John Muir but in just 3 tough days of endurance lowland walking through a rich and varied, scenic trail. Over 100km to chew through with an average of 35km per day!

You will begin your adventure by heading out along the Kelvin walkway river path to start upon the Thomas Muir trail. Upon raeching Kirkintilloch you will join the John Muir trail and follow this the whole way to the Firth of Forth and on to Edingburgh! From Kilsyth you will follow the Forth and Clyde Canal to the impressive Falkirk Wheel. You will then venture on to the lovely town of Linlithgow and on past the Avon Aquaduct. This whole section really is a melting pot of new and old industrial feats of engineering! The next stop is Bo'ness with a real arcitectual mix including a quaint steam railway. You will continue on to South Queensferry with the Forth's iconic road and rail bridges towering over the estuary. It is then a jaunt over Corstorphine Hill to arrive at Edinburgh Castle for well deserved celebrations!



Day 1
Arrive Glasgow for dinner and safety briefing

Day 2
Trek from Glasgow to Castlecary

Day 3
Trek from Castlecary to Bo'ness

Day 4
Our final day of trekking to arrive at Edinburgh

Day 5
Depart home

We will average around 35km a day


Route Map

What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

4 nights accommodation

Trekking Leader


Excluded From Trip

Transport to and from event. Lunches, Dinners.


Equipment Required

Water Purification Kit, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended)
Small Towel / Flannel, Soap
Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Overnight Items
Mess Tin (recommended) or Bowl
Matches or Lighter
Tin Cup / Plastic Beaker (with handle)
Fork, Spoon
Bag, without holes, for rubbish
Personal trowel for correctly and discretely burying toilet stops
Lunches for all trekking days - time may be available before setting out, but a good idea to bring certain items from home (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, etc.)
Food should be compact and high density source of energy and durable - please ask if unsure

Trail Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating (check whether required for each trip)
Sleeping Mat (thick Karrimat/Thermarest style)
Large Rucksack (60-70 litre)
Rucksack Liner / Plastic Liner for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat / Cap, Neck Scarf

Warm Clothing
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Fleece hat, Balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long Cotton trekking Trousers x 2
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved) x 2
T-Shirts x 2
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, Sandals

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Fully Waterproof Bottoms

3 Pocket sized packets of tissues, Spare Laces
Small piece of folded Duck Tape, Sewing Kit
Camera, Film / Memory Card
Wallet, Money Belt, Credit Cards (for your triumphant return to civilisation!), Cash
Sunglasses, Penknife
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb

Specialist Camping Items (These are provided by Adventure Café)
Tent (two sharing in a 2-3 man tent),Stove (one between 2 or 3)
Mess Tins, Evening Meals, Breakfasts
Please note - you should allow sufficient space in your rucsack for the team equipment - this is important!


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



At this time of year rain is a distinct possibility, and severe weather almost a certainty. So wrap up warm, and be ready for anything! – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily. We will almost certainly experience some rain during the expedition, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.


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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on enquiry



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

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